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SAFC helps skilled workers find new pathways into screen

28 April 2021
SA Screen Careers Technical Open Day, photo by Jerri Phillips
A presentation at the SAFC’s SA Screen Careers Technical Open Day. Photo by Jerri Phillips.

South Australian crew and skilled workers from adjacent industries were able to discover exciting new screen career pathways at the SAFC’s recent SA Screen Industry Technical Careers Open Day.

Held at the SAFC’s Adelaide Studios facilities in Glenside on Saturday 17 April, the Open Day featured a program of 23 sessions presented by top South Australian Heads of Department (HODs), giving their expert advice about career pathways and skills required to work in various roles across the industry.

Speakers included Assistant Director Rick Beecroft (2067), SFX Makeup and Hair Artist Beverley Freeman (Cargo, Ten Canoes, Snowtown), Location Manager Jesse Goninon (The Unknown Man, First Day), Production Manager Bettina Hamilton (Aftertaste, The Hunting), Casting Director Angela Heesom (Mortal Kombat, The Hunting), Gaffer Graeme Shelton (Aftertaste, Stateless), Director of Photography Michael Tessari (Awoken), Sound Recordist Josh Williams (Aftertaste, Deadline Gallipoli), and Production Designer Robert Webb (A Sunburnt Christmas, Wolf Creek), Sound Engineer Pete Best of Best FX (This is Port Adelaide, Storm Boy) as well as Adelaide Studios’ own Post Sound Technician Carlos Manrique Clavijo.

SAFC CEO Kate Croser said the idea for the Open Day came from industry feedback via the SAFC’s Heads of Department Working Group.

“With the current boom in screen production here in South Australia there is a growing demand for crew, and the SAFC is constantly exploring ways to expand the state’s skills base to accommodate production requirements.

“Through the SAFC’s regular and close engagement with our Heads of Department Working Group we were able to identify five specific areas of crew skills shortage – Assistant Directing, Camera, Art Department, Production Office and Production Accounting – which led to the development of this Open Day initiative.

“I’d like to thank the members of the SAFC’s HOD Working Group for their invaluable input into this event and ongoing agency skilling initiatives.”

The SA Screen Industry Technical Careers Open Day was proudly presented by the SAFC as part of our ongoing initiatives to grow South Australia’s skills base to accommodate the demand for crew and take advantage of opportunities for jobs and growth for South Australians.

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